Monday, October 20, 2014

Autumn Smiles Pathfinding

Autumn Smiles.  Perfectly pieced pumpkins created from Ovals and leaves.  Just looking at this paper makes me feel the cool crisp air and the subtle breeze against my face.  I think I love Autumn most of all the seasons.  Pathfinding paper brings this fabulous season to life.  Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 is truly an inspiration!  Since it's Autumn and this is the time to remember our Blessings.  Close To My Heart is one of the greatest blessings in my life!  Every time I wear a logo or teach a class or send a card, I am reminded how full my life truly is.  Thank you CTMH!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What a Magical Day

Fun Story, this little girl is my daughter, Lexie.  She is 9.  The miniature horse is Sapphire Princess.  A magical day of fate, meant to be, love at first sight or just plain old fashioned luck.

Lexie qualified for the Eastern Idaho State Livestock judging team from our county fair in August but chose not to do it.  So as the time got closer and people and other families made plans, there was an extra spot.  So I received a call to see if she wanted to participate, knowing that her older siblings, Josie and Kyle were going to already go, I said that she would do it, then told her she was.

So she ended up being the 4th body on this team comprised of older girls, one of which was her sister Josie (15).  There was clearly a huge age difference in this team as they lined up to start their day, with Lexie only being 9 and the other three over the age of 15.

Livestock judging is a good long event.  Several classes of species, including cows, pigs, sheep, and goats, broken down into classes of 4 and other clarifications, such as breeding or market.  So already Lexie was not looking forward to it.  :)

Several times we walked by and she was sitting in the dirt or drawing pictures.  After all her card was marked and she had plenty of time in her mind.

As the day went on the contest was closed and we were eating lunch and waiting for the results, Lexie had taken her Papa Jim over to the horse barn where she had discovered a miniature horse for raffle.  "Buy a ticket for $5 or 5 tickets for $20" said the signs all over.  Lexie fell in love with these little horses and she was begging her Papa to buy her the horse.  They returned to the barn for the contest results and the begging for $20 continued.

Finally the results were announced.  Josie won 3rd place individual.  Kyle was on the 3rd place team.  Both had returned with fancy ribbons.  The green eyes of jealousy were sneaking in.  Finally The C team results.  It didn't matter the age, of this group this is the team with Josie and Lexie, however un-known to a 9 year old that the 3 older girls on her time had actually won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place individually, which I knew that they were going to win the team event, but Lexie did not.  They were announced!  Eyes wide with excitement she followed her Josie to the front to receive her ribbon and her premium money of $20.

You could literally see the wheels turning in her little mind.  By the time she made it back to her seat, she said "I know what I am doing with this, come on Papa."

After trading in the premium paper for the actual $20 bill she lead us all to the horse barn.  She handed the people her $20 bill and said "here is my $20 to buy 5 tickets to buy my horse."  She knew that she was taking that pony home.  Her confidence made me believe in the back of my mind as well, but being an adult, where we lose the power to just be sure and excited, I tried to reign her in by explaining how raffles work and if you are lucky and so on.  She calmly said, "I'm taking that horse home."

We walked away, ate some lunch and saw the sights after a hard days work of livestock judging, we let the kids have a little fun.  In fact, Lexie saw pony rides for $5 on our trip around.  She wanted to ride them so bad.  Kyle said "why? we have mine at home and you are going to win yours today."  She said, "I know but what if I don't?"  Then everyone was silent and quickly responded "you can't think like that", "I know you are gonna win".

After all was seen and food was consumed the call came in..."is Lexie there?"  She had won that silly horse.  Now we were going to have to go all the way home to get a horse trailer and come all the way back to get her.  After all it was the last day of the fair.  Two and a half hours each direction meant we were going to be on the road for 7 1/2 hours at least.

Her daddy, my dear husband Bret, who once again, proved what real dad's are made of, made arrangements with the people to meet back here so we could take her home.  After the longest trip and a long night of driving.  We brought Sapphire Princess to her new home.  When you become a member of our family farm you don't really ever leave, especially if you are a horse.

Sapphire Princess is her registered name and she is a welcomed and loved addition to our farm and family.
Something to smile about, and miracles do happen.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Chalk It Up!

Chalk It Up Projects!
I love this paper!  I know, I know, I say that everytime!  :)
I love the way these colors work together and create the perfect hip way to showcase back to school scrapbook pages and fun cards!
Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Base and Bling Family TREE

Oh yes, this was created by me!  11 Grandbabies that belong to my mom!  Each pendant shape is a representation of each family (each of my mom's kid's kids).
I created the Tree from the branch from Art Philosophy cartridge using Cricut Craft room.  If you are interested in me sharing this file please email me!
I combined the papers from Seaside and Wanderlust from the new Annual Inspirations Catalog coming from Close To My Heart August 1, 2014.

Receive your new Annual Inspirations Catalog FREE with a $50 online order!  Shop NOW!
With your $50 order you also qualify for the Stamp of the month for $5.

Exciting things are happening with me and Close To My Heart!  I look forward to sharing them with you!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Base & Bling Glass Broach from EXTRAVAGANZA

This is the project that is getting a lot of attention, lots of questions!  So this is where I will Start.
Extravaganza and Convention are an amazing journey for me every year, but it seems when I get home, I start behind!!!
5 Glass ovals
1 Glass circle
Foam Tape
2 clips
1 metal flower
Liquid Glass
1 pin back
1/2 of a popsicle stick

Liquid Glass 5 ovals to polka dot paper, and 1 circle to yellow paper  Let DRY!!!
(Walk away)
When dry cut out with scissors as close and as nicely as you can.
Liquid Glass the 5 ovals into the flower shape.  Let DRY!!!
Cut this shape out as nicely as you can as one piece, then repeat 2 more times.
When dry, layer 3 squares of Foam Tape and place in the center, attach the circle to the foam tape.  Fill the hole under the circle and around the foam tape with Liquid Glass, make sure to not let the Liquid Glass go up and over your ovals but so that when it is dry it is sturdy.  Before you walk away, insert 2 clips from the My Crush selections.  Let DRY!!!
Add a metal flower and Liquid Glass around the base of the glue dot so that it is sturdy when dry.
Add 1/2" of a popsicle stick to the back and a pin finding.

To purchase these supplies please visit my OBA after August 1, 2014 for these great new supplies!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

"Endless Summer"  Layout
June 2014 Club Layout

This is the favorite paper for my household!  Gearing up for our wild summer fun at County Fairs and outside celebrations.  The colors are perfect!  How about those pennant banners!  Those are some of my favorites!  
I hope you enjoy this layout.  

To buy this pre-cut kit while supplies last for $15.00 with free shipping, go a different route, email me
and I will send you a PayPal invoice.

Jubilee Cards
Order your pre-cut/ pre-stamped card kit to create these four great cards email me and I will send you a PayPal invoice for $10 with free shipping!  (While supplies last)

Friday, February 7, 2014

Life Is Sweet

Mini Album using new Ivy Lane paper!  This little cutie was super fun and super fast using the Artbooking Cartridge, exclusively from Close To My Heart!
Life is sweet when you are creating using photos of the people you love!
Happy Scrapping

Monday, February 3, 2014

Answered Prayers of a Righteous Mother

I'm gonna have to say that being a Mother is my greatest blessing.  I love my life.  I love my kids.  When they hurt, my heart aches.  So many things in my life have left me feeling desperate and helpless but never as much as when my child has struggled so much with life.  Her choices ended up making huge changes in her world and mine.  As she has suffered and tried to make a better path, I can honestly say that I have never found myself so in need of my Savior's Love and help.  Whomever, made this little picture in the world, I want to say thank you.  I am terrible at finding the original person who made it or posted it, but it is truly been a blessing for me to know it and read it so thank you.  For my friends who follow my blog, I am grateful that maybe I can add a little hope to your life.  That knowing we may struggle.  Our babies may struggle.  But in the end, our Heavenly Father is aware of us and he knows us.  It gives me great faith to know that He answers the prayers of a mother.